Monday, October 9, 2017

Gift bag - or small ditty bag for car or sewing room

Gift Bag

One day this past September I attended a workshop at the Vinton Sewing Center (Vinton Iowa)  Great workshop and we learned how to create a small gift bag.  
Since the pattern is created from a paper gift bag the bag can be made in any size you wish.  

I made mine using a small paper gift bag as a pattern.  The fabric needed was two coordinating fat quarters, and shaping material.  The workshop leader had thin satin ribbon for us to use as handles.  I did not think the ribbon looked substantial enough for the handles.  So by placing the pattern to one side of the fat quarter I was able to cut two strips of fabric along the edge - strips that were used then to make a pair of cloth handles.

I was intending to write out the directions however, Laura Ann Coia  has created a great tutorial for Sew Very Easy and uploaded it on YouTube. 

Coia, Laura Ann.  (30 April 2015) DIY Fabric Gift Bags. Retrieved from 

Coia uses the paper bag nylon handles as the handles for the new cloth gift bag.  I didn't particularly like that option either so I would still create cloth handles for the gift bag. 

The Soft and Stable that Coia refers to can be obtained at a number of places but is available from these online sources:

Joann's fabric offers the stabilizer in a project pack of 4 sheets 13-1/2 inches x 18 1/2 inches for $14.99 (often on sale)

Walmart offers the same square inches of Soft and Stable in a continuous roll (18x58) for $10.46.

Amazon offers Annie's Soft and Stable in a a 72 in x 58 in roll for $36.04
or in a 36 x 58 inch roll for $17.16

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